Critical Care Services and 2009 H1N1 Influenza in Australia and New Zealand.
Steven AR Webb, Ville Pettila, Ian Seppelt, Rinaldo Bellomo, Michael Bailey, David J Cooper, Michelle Cretikos, Andrew R Davies, Simon Finfer, Peter WJ Harrigan, Graeme K Hart, Belinda Howe, Jonathan R Iredell, Colin McArthur, Imogen Mitchell, Siouxzy Morrison, Alistair D Nichol, David L Paterson, Sandra Peake, Brent Richards Show all
NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2009
BACKGROUND: Planning for the treatment of infection with the 2009 pandemic influenza A (H1N1) virus through health care systems in developed countries during winter in the Northern Hemisphere is hampered by a lack of information from similar health care systems. METHODS: We conducted an inception-cohort study in all Australian and New Zealand intensive care units (ICUs) during the winter of 2009 in the Southern Hemisphere. We calculated, per million inhabitants, the numbers of ICU admissions, bed-days, and days of mechanical ventilation due to infection with the 2009 H1N1 virus. We collected data on demographic and clinical characteristics of the patients and on treatments and outcomes. RESU..View full abstract
Supported by the Department of Health and Ageing, Commonwealth Government of Australia; New South Wales Health, Government of New South Wales; Department of Health, Government of Victoria; the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Research Centre; the Australian and New Zealand Intensive Care Society; and an unrestricted grant from CSL Limited, Melbourne, Victoria.